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Wednesday, 30.06.10
CANCELED: Microsoft pulls the plug out of its KIN Social Phone Project
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Gizmodo reports, Microsoft has immediately pulled the plug out of its social phone, better known as the KIN, just six weeks after it was launched with Verizon in the United States. According to Gizmodo's sources, there won't be a separate KIN product anymore. Furthermore, the whole KIN team will be moved into the Windows Phone 7 team to focus on Windows Phone 7! While neither Microsoft nor Verizon (or Sharp) have unveiled any sales figures, the success seems to be somewhat underwhelming, after all the years of development and costs. While current KIN customers will still get support from Microsoft, it's yet uncertain what will happen to the future of promised software and feature updates.

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Tuesday, 15.06.10
ANNOUNCED: Samsung unveils the Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to its range of new Android smartphones, Samsung today also announced two new Windows Phones at the current CommunicAsia in Singapore. Both, the Omnia Pro 4 B7350 and Omnia Pro 5 B6520 are running Windows Mobile 6.5 and featuring a front facing QWERTY keyboard (like the Samsung BlackJack). The Omnia Pro 4 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS at 900/2100 MHz. The Samsung Omnia 5 also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but triband UMTS/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps at 900/1900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, both smartphones will features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, aGPS/GPS as well as an FM radio.

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Wednesday, 09.06.10
UPGRADE: SPB Software releases SPB TV 2.0 for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 but not only, SPB Software has updated its Windows Mobile touchscreen and non-touchscreen version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience. In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option

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Tuesday, 08.06.10
DEVELOPER: Microsoft introduces new Policies for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, if you are a developer and don't want to get your application developed by Microsoft but want to develop it yourself, you might be interested in Microsoft's recently updated set of Windows Phone Marketplace policies that will govern the application submission and certification process as Windows Phone 7 comes to market. With the policies update, Microsoft wants to attract a much wider range of developers, from large software companies down to students and hobbyists. Microsoft opened its first Marketplace eight months ago and no wonder - there's demand for an app store that is both customer-centric and developer friendly.

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Monday, 07.06.10
CONTEST: You need a Windows Phone 7 App? Tell Microsoft and Win!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you ready for Windows Phone 7 later this year but need an app for it while you are not a developer at all? Tell Microsoft and win! Microsoft is holding a contest where you can pitch Microsoft of the dream app you are waiting for. And if it gets the votes, Microsoft will build your app and make it available on Marketplace as a free download for Windows Phone 7 shortly after its "Holiday 2010" launch. All you have to do is grabbing your camcorder, camera phone of flexing your writing skills and get creative. Send your ideas to Microsoft and win US$ 5,000 - a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone and the glory of having your app in the Marketplace without being a developer!

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